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Dixie Dregs

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Dixie Dregs (1970-present): a Rock band from Augusta, Georgia, USA.

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he Dixie Dregs evolved from an Augusta, Georgia, band called Dixie Grit, by Steve Morse and Andy West in 1970. The band featured in its membership, Morse's older brother Dave (drums), Frank Brittingham (guitar/vocals) and Johnny Carr (keyboards). Carr was later replaced by Mark Parrish. Shortly after Steve Morse's enrollment at University of Miami's School of Music in 1971, Dixie Grit was disbanded. Morse and West continued performing as a duo, calling themselves Dixie Dregs (the "Dregs" of "Dixie Grit").In 1973, Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Allen Sloan (violin) and Bart Yarnal (drums) met while students at the University of Miami's School of Music to play as Rock Ensemble II. At the time, the University of Miami hosted a lively musical community, including future greats Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Danny Gottlieb, T Lavitz and Bruce Hornsby. Rod Morgenstein was asked to fill in as drummer after a surfing accident disabled Yarnal. In 1974, during the school years at UofM, keyboardist Frank Josephs was added to their lineup. In 1975, the group's first effort, The Great Spectacular (named by ex-"Dixie Grit" second guitarist and singer, Frank Brittingham) was recorded at the University. Approximately 1,000 copies of the original LP were pressed. The album was reissued in 1997 in CD form.

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Based on the strength of a three-song demo and a tip from former Allman Brothers Band members Chuck Leavell and Twiggs Lyndon, 'Capricorn Records' signed them in late 1976 to record Free Fall (1977), What If (1978) and Night of the Living Dregs (1979). It is at 'Capricorn' they'd stay until the label went bankrupt in 1979, leaving 'Arista Records' free to assume them in January 1980 for Dregs of the Earth (1980)Unsung Heroes (1981)Industry Standard (1982)Off the Record (1988; actually done originally as a demo for Ensoniq synthesizers) and Full Circle (1994). For Unsung Heroes. the band changed their name to The Dregs in an effort to gain more commercial appeal.

In the late 1980s, the group reunited for a tour featuring former members Morse, Morgenstein (who was also playing with Winger), Lavitz and Sloan.

Keyboardist Terry "T" Lavitz would die in 2010; he joined the band in 1978. other members of the group included Dave LaRue (bass; (1988-2017), Jerry Goodman (violin; 1992-2017), Mark O'Connor (violin; 1981-1982) and Gilbert Frayer (drums; 1973).

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Nation USA
City Augusta, Georgia
Genre Rock
Formations 1
Active Years 1970-
Last Modified 2022-10-06
Diskery ID 1529


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